Trust me: If you have curly hair, mousse needs to be your new holy-grail product. And, like, I know that the first words that come to mind when you think of mousse are probably “crunchy” or “drying,” but I promise today’s formulas are really good. The right mousse will define your curls, smooth out frizz and flyaways, boost volume, and add a major dose of hydration to your hair. Oh, and it does all of this without leaving a trace. But where to find the perfect mousse for your specific curl type? Look no further, because I handpicked the 12 best mousses for curly hair, below, that won’t leave your hair feeling stiff or looking droopy.
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Best Curl Mousse for Dull Hair
Eden BodyWorks Citrus Fusion Styling Mousse
A pump or two of this curl mousse will keep your hair full, sleek, and shiny without leaving it heavy or sticky. You can thank the lightweight and shine-enhancing jojoba oil and honey in the formula for your hair glow-up.
Best Heat Protecting Curl Mousse
AG Hair Natural Cloud Volumizing Mousse
This curl mousse doubles as a heat protectant, so it comes in handy on days when you don’t want use a ton of different products on your hair. It’s got a combo of ingredients, including sweet almond and linseed extract, that protect against heat while instantly boosting volume and texture.
Best Curl Mousse for Flyaways + Frizz
Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Curl Enhancing Mousse
I get it: Those tiny, wispy hairs that won’t. lie. down. can be annoying as hell to deal with. Your savior? This mousse, which contains a pro-keratin complex that helps smooth the surface of your hair to minimize unwanted flyaways and frizz during the day.
Best Mousse for Fine Curls
Bask and Bloom Hydrating Vitamin Curl Mousse
This foaming mousse will give your fine curls the volume and definition of your dreams. The lightweight formula helps moisturize your hair to add shine and smooth flyaways while somehow (magic? Sorcery? No, polymers) giving your curls root-boosting volume. Scrunch and twirl a golf-ball-size puff through damp—not wet—hair from roots to tips, then diffuse or air-dry.
Best Drugstore Curl Mousse
Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Boosting Mousse
If you have fine curls that seem to get weighed down no matter what you use, try this lightweight mousse that defines and volumizes your spirals, no heaviness included (proof: Cosmo’s deputy beauty director has used this mousse since high school for her flat curls). Just rake two golf-ball-size puffs through your damp hair, scrunching to distribute.
Best Curl Mousse That Won’t Flake
Carols Daughter Hair Milk Styling Foam
If you have tighter curls, you know how hard it can be to find a mousse that won’t make your hair stiff as hell. Enter: this conditioning foam. The formula contains honey extract, which gives it a flexible, nonsticky hold. Rub two to three pumps of mousse between your palms, then finger-comb it through your hair for defined curls that won’t flake.
Best Volumizing Curl Mousse
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Take Charge Curl-Boosting Mousse
This mousse is basically a requirement for whenever your curls are feeling a bit meh. The lightweight, alcohol-free formula will give your hair the right amount of volume and shine without drying it out. Scrunch three pumps of the product through damp hair with your fingertips. The result? Defined, super-bouncy curls that still have definition.
Best Curl Mousse With a Strong Hold
Ogx Locking + Coconut Curls Decadent Creamy Mousse
This part-foam, part-cream mousse truly gives you the best of all worlds. With coconut oil and shea butter, this creamy formula holds your curls, tames any flyaways, and hydrates your hair. And even though its definition level is on the stronger side, it doesn’t dry stiff or flaky.
Best Mousse for Wavy-Curly Hair
DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam
For curly hair that also has a ton of waves, you need a formula that both defines your tight curls, enhances the loose ones, and doesn’t weigh any of them down. Behold: this volumizing foam. The formula is filled with a blend of lemongrass and sunflower to add shine, moisture, and volume to your waves. Just pump the product twice, then scrunch the foam into your wet hair from roots to ends.
Best Mousse for Defining Curls
Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Mousse
This mousse has whipped-cream texture that allows it to define the hell out of your curls without leaving them looking gelled. The formula is also alcohol-free, meaning it won’t dry out your hair, no matter how frequently you use it (which, during the humid seasons, is probably every single day). Rake one to two golf-ball-size puffs of mousse through your damp hair, then finger-curl sections for extra definition.
Best Mousse for Tight Curls
Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse
Argan oil is the hero ingredient in this moisturizing mousse. Comb two pumps of the formula through towel-dried hair—not only will it bring shine and hydration back to your fuzzy curls (thanks, argan oil), but it’ll also keep them soft and defined all day long.
Best Mousse for Thick Curls
SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse
This ultra-hydrating mousse is loaded with coconut oil, silk protein, and neem oil, a trio of curl-loving ingredients that work to give thick, coarse hair an intense dose of hydration while also smoothing flyaways and adding shine.
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